Register for this webinar, brought to you by Public Finance and Basware, for a discussion on the importance of prompt payment and how the Public Sector can make it happen.
Upcoming changes to local government funding means a thriving business sector is more important to the public sector than ever. Healthy businesses are needed in local areas not only to generate the business rate incomes councils will be increasingly reliant on but also to boost prosperity, improve living standards and reduce social exclusion.
However, we know that delayed payment remains a problem for some public sector suppliers – despite the government target for payment within 30 days. Recent polling of building engineering specialists found that more than half were waiting longer than 30 days for invoices to be settled.
How can councils and other public sector organisations keep on top of this issue and ensure cash is released back to businesses and out into their local economies promptly?
This webinar will consider the issue of prompt payment from both a business and government perspective and offer practical insight into what can be done to refine and speed up the payment process. In particular it will examine the benefits and potential of e-invoicing, which can improve visibility for both public sector buyers and their suppliers and assure the quality of the invoice content.
Head of commercial and legal affairs
Building Engineering Services Association and member of the Cabinet Office’s SME advisory panel
Rob Driscoll is the Director of Legal and Commercial at the Building Engineering Services Association, the UK's leading trade organisation for building engineering services contractors. Rob qualified as a solicitor specialising in contentious and non-contentious engineering & construction and commercial law in 2001. He qualified as a mediator setting up the BESA mediation service in 2006 and has never failed to resolve a dispute. He manages the policy profile of the BESA and its relationship with the UK Governments and sits on leadership groups for digital construction, payment and contracts as well as maintaining a position as SME Business Adviser to the Crown Commercial Services.
Rob also runs his own consultancy for other professional construction specialists.
Rob deals with the needs of the BESA corporate group together with over 1,400 organisations active in the building engineering services sector, in the roles of designers, suppliers, installers and, service and maintenance (FM).
Liaising with Government and industry on the latest innovations to risk manage contractor businesses – Rob has extensive experience of fault finding and looking at ways of de-risking contractor businesses as well as helping contractors take a more strategic view of how their organisations perform – including integration of digital process management and digital transformation (BIM).
Payment lead, small business policy team
Crown Commercial Service
Stephen has worked in the civil service for over 30 years in a wide range of roles including front line customer service and Whitehall policy roles. For five years he led the Mystery Shopper complaints service which deals with concerns raised about public sector procurement processes and practices.
In 2015 Stephen began heading up the Crown Commercial Service’s work on prompt payment. His team manage a number of policy strands, including signing up major government suppliers to the Prompt Payment Code, prompt payment terms in public contracts, the reporting of payment performance by government bodies and the extended use of e-invoicing with a focus on ensuring that prompt payment flows to SMEs.
UKI Director of e-invoicing
Stephen has over thirty years’ experience in the financial documents industry. He has seen the shift from mainframe to the cloud, from pre-printed paper to PDF and now into electronic invoicing. In this time, he has created award-winning solutions that enable companies from global giants to small businesses to become more automated, competitive and agile. With this first-hand experience in different industries and countries, Stephen has seen finance teams adopt new technologies to improve working practises. As the author of the UK Government 'e-Invoicing: Making it Happen report', Stephen understands the dynamics of the Public Sector, how suppliers work and how e-Invoicing can happen to the benefit of UK plc. Stephen is currently the UKI Director for e-Invoicing at Basware.